Hackers Breaking New Ground With Ransomware Richard Blech, CEO of Secure Channels, says threats like these showcase the growing sophistication of the ransomware tools and tactics used by hackers to go after potential targets. “What’s going on is that this is the new mainstream,” Blech says. “This isn’t some script kiddie in the basement,” targeting people with malware tools. Increasingly, it is the highly sophisticated criminal groups using sophisticated tools that are behind major ransomware campaigns. Perimeter defense tools like antivirus and anti spam products can help alleviate the threat somewhat by detecting and blocking ransomware where possible. But ultimately a lot of onus for dealing with the threat falls on the user. In most cases, ransomware tools end up getting installed on a system as the direct result of a user action, like clicking on a link in a phishing email. “Someone has to do something,” to trigger ransomware in most cases. “There is a human factor,” Blech said. Keeping files backed up is the best way to mitigate the threat posed by ransomware, Blech said. That way, even if data gets locked up or encrypted, it is easy to retrieve a backup copy. Find the original article here.